Charles Durning was born in 1928 in Highland Falls, New York. After serving in World War II, the American actor developed his craft while working on Broadway in New York during the 50s. He won a Tony Award for his performance in a Cat on a Hot Tin…more
Charles was played both the characters Dean Stewart and Maurice in the 1966 production Pousse-Café.
Charles played the role of Pincer in the 1965 Broadway production Drat! The Cat!.
Charles earned Oscar nominations for his performances in 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' (1982) and 'To Be Or Not To Be' (1983).
Charles appeared in The Sting as a crooked cop in 1973. The show later won an Oscar.
Charles won a Golden Globe in 1991 for his performance in The Kennedys of Massachusetts.
Charles' first job was an usher at a Buffalo burlesque house.
Charles was featured in People Magazine in 1990.
During his time in the service, Charles received several medals including a Silver Star, three Purple Heart medals, and a Good Conduct Medal.
Charles has performed in 32 different plays.
Charles received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' in 1982 and 'To Be or Not to Be' in 1983.
As of 2006, Charles has won four Emmy Awards for his roles on television.
Charles was the chairman of the U.S. National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans for a year.
Charles joined the U.S. Army at 21.
Charles is from an Irish American Catholic family.
Charles, like his character Ernie Yost on "NCIS", served in World War II. He was part of the Normandy invasion which handed on Omaha beach on June 6, 1944.
Charles was one of the few to survive the attack on American POWS in Belgium.
Charles was a former professional boxer.
Charles has won Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actor for portraying Big Daddy in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Charles has played Santa Claus five times to date in the following movies: It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989), Mrs. Santa Claus (1996), Elmo Saves Christmas (1996), Mr. St. Nick (2002), and A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004).
During the time of his early career, Charles was a dance instructor and trained in classical dance.
Charles has three children with his ex-wife, Carol.
As of 2006, Charles is married to Mary Ann. The couple have been married since 1973.
Charles is 5'8".
Charles: (on performing) I've been obsessed with character acting, it was my dream.
Charles: (on performing) It's the work, the opportunity to do good work, that's what inspires me.
Charles: (on acting) There are many secrets in us, in the depths of our souls, that we don't want anyone to know about. There's terror and repulsion in us, horrifying things we keep secret. A lot of that is released through acting.
Charles: (on his post war years) I dropped into a void for almost a decade. The physical injuries heal first. It's your mind that's hard to heal.